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Our Fleet: Seat Leon Ecomotive - November 2010

SEAT
BIK List Price
£18,085
Seat Leon BIK list price
BIK Percentage
13%
Seat Leon BIK Percent
CO2
99g/km
Seat Leon CO2
Combined MPG
74.3
Seat Leon MPG

Review

Company car drivers like to have a say on colour – it’s often the only aspect they’ll get to choose if they’re a jobs need rather than a perk driver.

When I was offered a choice of red or white for our Leon long termer I plumped for the latter.
And it seems that I’m not alone in favouring white. There’s been a resurgence of white in the new car market over the last few years, led by the luxury brands, according to Mark Bulmer, research editor - CAP Black Book.

He says that there is also a growing demand for white among small, more environmentally friendly models.

Some fleet operators steer clear of white cars though - fearing a lower resale value.

Bulmer points out that in the past white was “the kiss of death in the used market”. He says: “Not for nothing was the phrase ’60 day white’ used in the trade to evoke the time a dealer might expect a white car to remain unsold.”

But the present situation suggests white shouldn’t be ruled out as white models have been achieving strong residual values. This has been helped by leasing companies putting sensible volumes of white cars into the used car market, according to Bulmer.
SEAT says that white is in high demand in the used car market with dealers bidding hard at auction.

CAP has some interesting statistics which show that since 2007 white cars have tended to be above CAP clean.

It’s worth looking at each sector though.
In the Leon’s lower medium sector white achieves just below CAP, when looking at all plates between 2005 and 2010.

Dig further into the lower medium statistics, however, and white is the best performing colour for the 2007 57 plate. It’s also the best performing colour for a number of other sectors: convertible, lower medium, mini MPV, MPV, small executive, sports, supermini and upper medium.

On the other hand, it’s one of the worst performing colours for 4X4s when looking at all plates between 2005 and 2010.

So fleet operators need to do some careful analysis before deciding their policy on car colour.
After all, there’s always the risk that white will lose its appeal with drivers.
More frequent trips to the carwash have certainly left me questioning the wisdom of choosing a white hatch.

Driver Notes

Driver appeal
The Leon is sporty and has little styling extras which it makes it stand out in comparison to its rivals
Fuel costs
Being an Ecomotive, I found the Leon competitive when it comes to fuel costs. Especially with extra tools like the advisory gear technology. I am currently running at 64.3 mpg
CO2 emissions
There aren't many cars out there that are below 99g/km and have the Leon's size and sporty appeal.
FN Verdict
A good package that looks great and has so many little extras that it keeps on suprising you.
Top Speed
N/A
Seat Leon Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Seat Leon Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Seat Leon Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £5,975
4 Year 80k : £4,525
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 30.41
4 Year 80k : 28.05

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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